5 Ways COVID-19 is Reshaping HR

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance has been changing continuously, and HR have been tasked with doing everything they can do adapt quickly to these new challenges. We’ll take a look into five ways the coronavirus is reshaping HR and how departments can adapt to these new challenges:

1. Greater Remote Working Opportunities

The initial shutdown of nonessential businesses was tough for many businesses that had not previously experienced with and explored remote work. Many businesses couldn’t function at all during this shutdown, but this has caused business leaders to consider allowing employees to continue working remotely even after the pandemic eases. Technology giants like Twitter and Facebook have already pushed forward and stated they will extend remote opportunities to employees who want them.

Remote work gives both employees and employers flexibility in their roles. If the storefront must shutdown once again, businesses will have the adaptability to continue with remote-working roles. These remote working opportunities can also reduce costs for businesses, allowing them to reduce their office space and pay a smaller lease.

2. More Mental Health Benefits

The pandemic has affected people in many different ways, and employees may still be grappling with mental health issues that can impact their performance when the doors reopen. Many employers are taking steps to reduce the mental burden of employees. By offering mental health benefits like counseling and access to health professionals, some businesses are working with employees to help accommodate their needs.

3. Virtual Training Solutions

Virtual training provides are great opportunity for employers to maximize their virtual capabilities. Employee learning conducted online makes most sense during these times when many employees are working remotely. Businesses should consider an app or other virtual platform that allows the trainers to present to various employees at a time.

4. Virtual Interviewing

The interview process has experienced great changes for many businesses during the pandemic. Virtually interviewing can save time and resources for both employers and candidates, since there is no commute or meeting space involved. Having the ability to conduct more interviews and more time, employers can draw from a larger talent pool to get the talent they want.

Worker reskilling is on of the most significant ways COVID-19 us reshaping HR at the moment. Employees must learn brand new processes, workflows, and standards in order to function in a post-coronavirus workplace. These elements include stricter hand-washing guidelines, social distancing protocols, and updated customer-interaction policies.


As more challenges arise and circumstances evolve, employers must adapt as well if they want to remain competitive.